The Kirtipur Cricket Stadium, also called the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground, is situated in the city of Kirtipur, Nepal. The stadium hosted its first international match in 2019, which was a T20 International between Nepal and Bhutan.
The first ODI at this venue was played a year later in February 2020 and it witnessed hosts Nepal and Oman locking horns with the visiting team eventually emerging victorious by 18 runs. Since then, the ground has regularly hosted international matches for Nepal in limited overs cricket.
Here’s a look at the ODI records in Kirtipur.
Kirtipur Cricket Stadium ODI records
Dipendra Singh Airee has scored the most runs at the Kirtipur Cricket Stadium so far. In 11 matches, he scored 330 runs at an average of 36.66, including one century and two half-centuries.
Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has picked up 16 wickets in eight matches at this venue, the most by any bowler. Lamichhane, who plays in major T20 leagues all across the world, has an economy of 4.76 and a five-fer on this ground.
Average 1st innings score
The Kirtipur Cricket Stadium has not been a batters paradise in ODIs. The average first innings score here is 219.
Highest individual score
Namibian batter Michael van Lingen smashed 133 off 137 balls against Nepal in February 2023, which included nine fours and five sixes. However his effort went in vain as Nepal produced a thrilling run chase to win the match by two wickets. This innings from Lingen is the highest individual score on this ground.
Best bowling figures
Sandeep Lamichhane is the only bowler to pick up six wickets in an innings at this venue. His 6/16 against the United States in 2020 helped Nepal register a comprehensive eight wicket win.
Highest team total
Papua New Guinea made the highest ODI team total at this stadium. They scored 292/8 after being asked to bat first against Nepal in March 2022 and managed to pick up a narrow six-run victory against the hosts.
Lowest team total
Sandeep Lamichhane’s heroics with the ball saw USA get bowled out for just 35 runs against Nepal in February 2020. Nepal chased down the total in 5.2 overs and won the match by eight wickets. This is the lowest total at this venue and also the joint-lowest total in ODI history.
Oman batters Aqib Ilyas and Zeeshan Maqsood hold the record for the best partnership in ODIs in this stadium. The duo added 216 runs together for the third wicket in February 2020, propelling Oman to a 92-run victory against Nepal.
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